Six for Sunday: Animal Companions in Books

This is my third week taking part in #Six for Sunday, created by Steph at A Little but a Lot.

See my previous posts here: Books I would like to see adapted into film and Book Characters I would like to be stuck in a lift/elevator with.

The theme for this week was Book Characters that I would NOT like to be stuck in a lift with, but every time I tried to write a list, it just kept on turning into a list of characters I dislike.

So, instead,  I decide to look back at some of the themes I missed before I started doing Six for Sunday and have instead chosen to present to you some of my favourite animal companions or sidekicks in kid’s books. (This was the theme for February 11th)

It can be dangerous to get attached to an animal sidekick as they are often imperiled during the story, but they can also add an extra depth or layer of support for the main character.

S4S 3 Animal companions

My choices are:

Manchee the dog from The Knife of Never Letting Go

All of the animals on Todd’s planet can speak. In fact, everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts all of the time and it is impossible to escape from the Noise. Todd is the last boy t become a man in his town of only men. Yet, one day, while out with his dog Manchee he finds a pocket of silence. Manchee the dog is adorable and stupid, and I don’t know many readers of this trilogy who could help but love him.

Bramley the Dormouse from Fire Girl

Hazel has spent her whole life living in a magical glade, isolated from the world by her mother Hecate. At twelve years old she is desperate to explore further and perhaps even become a witch like her mother. When her mother is kidnapped by a demon, everything changes. Along the way, Hazel gains herself a familiar, a grumpy dormouse named Bramble who would prefer to curl up somewhere warm and sleep rather than go on an adventure.

Bramble is adorably grumpy and prickly, yet goes along with Hazel on her many adventures, often going into dangerous situations or comforting her.

Shêtân the horse from The Black Stallion

I read pretty much every horse book there was when I was younger – I had an entire bookcase (2 m by 2m) that was solely horse books. There are a lot of stories with horses and humans bonding, such as My Friend Flicka, Patricia Leitch’s Jinny series etc. I loved them and probably still would if I reread them!

I have just picked one, but it is to represent a whole collection of books! Unlike most of the others on this list, the black stallion cannot communicate through speech with his human, but I found their relationship completely believable and heartwarming, despite the fact that lots of other things in the story were almost suspiciously serendipitous.

Pantalaimon/ Pan, most often a white ermine from Northern Lights

Pan is Lyra’s daemon, the physical representation of a soul in the world of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights.

He takes several shapes throughout the series, from a mouse to an owl, but eventually ‘settles’ as a pine marten. He is part of Lyra, yet different, often trying to stop her from doing something reckless. I loved when he turned into a dolphin to play in the sea and an arctic fox to play in the snow!

Falada the horse from The Goose Girl.

This has always been one of my favourite fairy tales and I love Shannon Hale’s retelling too. I love the relationship between Falada, the talking horse, and the goose girl/princess/Ani. Even after his untimely death, he continues to offer her support and companionship.

Malkin the fox from Cogheart

Okay, I know he is technically a mechanimal rather than a fully-natural one, but he is an amazing sidekick and companion. He goes with Lily’s father in his airship, then escapes from danger and finds Lily, passing on an important message from her father and helping her in her quest to find him again. I love foxes so am biased, but Malkin is honestly one of my favourite characters in the whole series.

What did you think of my choices?

Did you agree or disagree with any of them?

Which book characters would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

Please link your posts in the comments if you have also taken part in #SixforSunday because I would love to read your answers!

While you’re here, why not check out my book reviews of Shadow Weaver or To Kill a Kingdom?

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Thanks for reading!

49 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Malkin! Looking forward to reading book 3, though I’m not sure when it’s out 💜
    Amy x

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    1. I haven’t heard anything actually – loved the first two!

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      1. I know there definetely is one and I have October in my head for some reason, but can’t find anything official! X

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      2. Nothing on Goodreads yet…and Peter Bunzl is pretty active on social media so I guess there will be a publicity campaign. I had been getting worried that there wasn’t going to be a third…thank you for letting me know! x


      3. Kind of want my own Malkin now…


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